Any votes on what city has the WORST TRAFFIC IN THE WORLD.
I always see the top 10 for the US, but have never seen one for the world.
I guess my definition would be not only length of time to go a certain a distance, but also including pollution, noise, etc...
I am in Bangkok right now - leaving after 3 months (Granted I was only in the city for 1/2 of that time) in a couple of days back to the US. Here is one person's take on traffic in Bangkok.
It is dated since the new subway is open now, and the skytrain (1999) has been operating for awhile. I believe both of these have significantly improved the flow, so that only peak hours tend to be most agitating.
Based on my travels I would have to say then either Jakarta, Indonesia, Los Angeles, CA, or Houston, Texas at the moment. Bangalore, India also comes to mind. I guess there are a slew of cities I have visited in the last couple of years that could take the crown, though for different reasons. (More loud annoying motorcycles in Asia being one reason).
New Yorker - Bumper to Bumper - mentions Lagos, Nigeria
http://worldcarfree.net/dhaka/ - I forgot to mention Chennai, India traffic. But, reading this article, I suppose Bangladesh gets a vote though I've never been.
But the winner might be in China. Beijing is pretty bad...but it sounds as if some of the other major cities in China might qualify. Even though it is a 10-dayer, I guess the rule is consistent traffic jam.
10 day traffic jam!!
Ranking of traffic in USA
I just used Google's image search and typed in LAGOS TRAFFIC.
here is what I found:
typing in DHAKA TRAFFIC comes up with some interesting images.
Let's face it...there are plenty of societies (Rich and poor) who haven't adapted to technology and growing populations in the 20th century very well.
The total number of vehicles (such as cars,buses,and trucks)
in Indonesia increased from over 12 million in 1995 to over 19
million in 2000 (see Fig.1)-motorcycles1 (which comprise 71
percent of the total vehicle fleet)alone accounted for 5 million
of this increase.Transportation consumes 12 million kiloliters
of gas oil,12 million kiloliters of premium,118 thousand
kiloliters of diesel oil,185 thousand kiloliters of fuel oil,and
749 thousand kiloliters of other types of fuel.
Source: Statistik Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia, 2000.
19 million in 2000, so 1.4 million added per year? So at that rate or something close to it 25- 28 million now?? 18-19 million motorcycles now I'm guessing if the same 70% factor is applied. I think this might make Indonesia the #1 in total motorcycle ownership by country......though still far behind Taiwan's per capita ownership.
I can vouch for how annoying all the motorcycles are. I was on Java in late 2003. It was crazy even outside Jakarta.
Curious why there have been no responses to this thread - of either places, or of shock and disgust/amazement, etc.........are we desensitized? Is this old news?